Be a Part of Disaster Recovery Efforts
Immediate Response and Long-Term Recovery
Nonprofit, governmental, and faith-based organizations are essential drivers of our community’s recovery progress after a disaster.
Participating organizations coordinate assistance for impacted individuals across many types of needs, and collaborate to advance recovery efforts in both blue-sky times and times of disaster.
To get involved in this work, there are two groups you can join based on the type of assistance you are able to provide after a disaster.
How You Can Help
Texas Gulf Coast Regional Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TXGCVOAD)
The Texas Gulf Coast Regional Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TXGCVOAD) organizes agencies in the immediate response phase after disasters, and hands operations over to the HCLTRC when recovery begins.
How to Join: TGCRVOAD is a collaborative, inclusive network of disaster service agencies, emergency management agencies, houses of worships, and public, private, not-for-profit, or for-profit organizations with an interest in addressing the community’s mitigation, preparedness, response, or recovery needs in Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties.
- There are two types of memberships within TXGCVOAD:
- Organizations with voluntary memberships and constituencies, which are not-for-profit, those qualified under the IRS Code as 501c3.
- Organizations must have a disaster response program and policy for the commitment of resources to meet the needs of people affected by disaster without discrimination.
- Organizations must minimally operate in one of the 13-H-GAC cities and municipalities.
- For-profit organizations that are not eligible for exemption from federal income taxation under Section 501(a) of the Code but demonstrate a commitment to support those impacted by disaster and to the TGCRVOAD mission.
Harris County Long-Term Reovery Committee (HCLTRC)
The Harris County Long Term Recovery Committee is eager to expand its membership in Harris County. HCLTRC is focused on the long-term recovery of our community, which can sometimes take years, and is not active immediately after a disaster.
How to Join: Organizations wanting to learn more about membership and to apply should send us a note via our Contact Us page. An HCLTRC representative will follow up to answer any questions and provide next steps for securing membership.
- Member organizations must be a 501c3.
- Member organizations must sign a participating agency agreement with the Harris County Long Term Recovery Committee (a copy of HCLTRC’s standard member organization agreement can be provided upon request).
- Member organizations must regularly attend scheduled HCLTRC meetings to remain an active and members are encouraged to join a workgroup.